I drove into my driveway this week to find this:
My first thought was, “Wow, that’s a little embarrassing. Clearly I love online shopping.” Then, as I unstacked the boxes, I found this little note:
At first I thought I had a hilarious mailman, but no, it was my husband leaving a not-so-subtle hint that I need to stop online shopping.
He’s right. I do. It’s not like I’m an addict or anything (I know, I know, that’s the first thing all addicts say), and I’m not spending egregious amounts of money. Most of the things I buy online are on clearance with free shipping. So, really, I’m saving money.
OK. That argument doesn’t work on my husband, either. I think this cartoon sums up his side of the conversation nicely:
But online shopping is just so easy. Let’s face it, going shopping at an actual store with a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old is a recipe for disaster. If you’ve ever chased a toddler out of a dressing room with a pair of jeans around your ankles, you know what I’m talking about.
I do realize that coming home everyday to a package is not normal . . . and maybe not healthy. So I’m trying to scale back. Of course I pick the start of Black Friday deals to curb my love of online shopping. It seems like everywhere I turn is another can’t miss offer.
In fact, my love affair with online shopping began a year ago thanks to the Amazon lightning deals that start the day after Thanksgiving. But this year, I’m determined not to get sucked in by Amazon’s insidious little ticking bargain clock or the flood of emails in my inbox proclaiming I must get mine before it’s too late. TOO LATE!
So help me out. How do you curb your online spending? How do you take advantage of post-Thanksgiving sales without letting them take advantage of you?